Our standards and guidance cover all areas of surveying practice and embody best practice. They fall into the following categories: professional statements, practice statements, codes of practice, and guidance notes.
RICS standards and professional guidance are available free of charge to all and you can download PDF versions of the publications below. Check the side-bar options to refine the listed items by topic or professional group, or search for specific guidance using the search box above. Some RICS professional guidance publications can be bought from the RICS Shop.
Members should note that when an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account the contents of any relevant professional guidance published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor has acted with reasonable competence.
Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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23 Jun 2016
These documents give you all the practical guidance you need to deliver the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey) and (Survey and Valuation Reports) 2016 in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and the RICS HomeBuyer Report 2010 - Description and standard terms of engagement (Scotland).
17 Mar 2014
Provides a standard set of measurement rules that are clear to all those involved in construction projects and maintenance programmes of works.
07 Nov 2014
NRM provides a standard set of measurement rules and essential guidance for the cost management of construction projects and maintenance works.
24 Apr 2012
Part of the RICS NRM suite, this volume provides detailed rules for the measurement and description of building works for the purpose of obtaining tender prices.
23 Jan 2018
RICS property measurement, 2nd edition has an effective date of the 1 May 2018.
15 Mar 2012
Provides guidance for property asset managers in the complex challenge of property asset management. It explains how to gain reduced operating costs, better quality accommodation, more productive staff and satisfied customers.
15 Aug 2018
La nuova edizione degli Standard globali di valutazione RICS 2017 (Red Book), è entrata in vigore il 1º luglio 2017. Lo stesso vale per gli standard IVS 2017, pubblicati a gennaio dello stesso anno.
03 Jul 2018
De Nederlandse vertaling van de jongste editie van het Red Book, de RICS wereldwijde taxatiestandaarden 2017, is met ingang van 1 juli 2017 in werking getreden. Hetzelfde geldt voor IVS 2017, dat eerder dat jaar is gepubliceerd.
23 Mar 2016
Produced by a cross-professional group specialist panel of associate and chartered surveyors, this guidance deals with easements known as rights of light and outlines current best practice for surveyors in this field.
29 Jan 2018
This guidance note is intended to assist both members and their clients in understanding the main risks and liabilities associated with valuation. It guides members in the negotiation of equitable contracts with clients and the avoidance of major risks and pitfalls.
30 May 2017
This guidance note is designed to assist rural chartered surveyors who are appointed to act in arbitrations dealing with rural assets and property, whether as advocates, experts or the arbitrator.
25 Jun 2014
Outlines best practice in the planning and deployment of the measures needed to deliver appropriate and effective security.
01 Dec 2014
This is the second edition of the RICS guidance note Selling Personal Property at Auction.
27 May 2016
This Code, now in its third edition, has been approved by the Secretary of State and is effective from 1 June 2016. It applies only to residential leasehold properties in England but practitioners operating in other parts of the UK are encouraged to follow the best practice guidelines contained in the Code.
04 Feb 2014
The first two editions of this RICS Code of Practice set a marker for the standards of management required in commercial property. Endorsed by property bodies representing all sides of the property industry, and widely acknowledged as a significant step forward for the industry, the Code is now available in its 3rd edition.
16 Sep 2014
Outlines the principles of effective stakeholder engagement, providing readers with practical guidance through a series of 'real world' case examples and advice from experienced practitioners.
18 Apr 2018
This guidance note is the result of a collaboration between RICS and IFMA. It sets out a coherent, consistent approach to planning the provision of FM. It also reflects the competences required to pursue the qualification credentials required by both IFMA and RICS.
29 Sep 2011
This note offers guidance for members and other professionals involved with subsidence claims.
24 May 2017
This guidance note provides a professional practitioner or individual commissioned to undertake a survey with outlined guidance on fulfilling elements of a client's brief, along with unique aspects arising from the myriad of asset type and their usages.
12 Jun 2011
Based on the law in England, Wales and Scotland, this note gives guidance to health and safety responsibilities at both a corporate level (for all sizes of organisation) and that of the individual property professional.
25 Apr 2018
Applies to professionals appointed directly by the parties to adjudicate disputes relating to works carried out under a construction contract and works carried out under a contract to which the Construction Act does not apply, but under which the parties have agreed a contractual mechanism to enable them to adjudicate disputes.
This guidance note applies to our professionals who are either nominated by RICS or another adjudicator nominating body (ANB), or appointed directly by the parties, to adjudicate disputes relating to works carried out under a construction contract and works carried out under a contract to which the Construction Act does not apply, but under which the parties have agreed a contractual mechanism to enable them to adjudicate disputes.
31 Jan 2018
When acting as a surveyor-advocate you owe duties to your client. However,you also owe a duty to the tribunal to act properly and fairly and to assist inthe maintenance of the integrity of the tribunal’s process. You must notengage in discreditable behaviour, or behaviour prejudicial to the tribunal’sprocess.This document applies only to Scotland.
23 Oct 2008
This 2nd edition guidance note (also a 1st edition practice statement) is written for those surveyors who act as advocates before a wide range of tribunals in the UK.
20 Feb 2017
The current edition of 'Surveyors acting as advocates, 2nd edition professional statement; 3rd edition guidance note', is effective from 1 June 2017.
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